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Striving
for Balance
Early in my career, there were very few women
leaders in technology, which made it difficult for me
to envision being the CIO of a global Fortune 500
company. Today, I think companies realize the lost
opportunity and are making strides in awareness
and training, but the progress is still too slow. Even
now, less than 20% of CIOs in Fortune 500 are
women.

DEVELOPING A CAREER AND
CARING FOR A FAMILY DO NOT
HAVE TO BE MUTUALLY EXCLUSIVE.
GIVEN THE RIGHT MINDSET, YOU
CAN DO BOTH.

I never had a mentor, which is part of why I'm
very open to mentoring others. For example,
recently, another CIO at another large Fortune 500
company introduced me to one of his rising leaders,
a woman who aspires to be a CIO at some point in
her future.
I think it was helpful for both of us to speak openly
about the challenges we face balancing career
and family, and it is helpful for her to hear how I
navigated my career along the way.
One key is that I've got great family around me
and a great support system. In particular, I have an
extremely supportive spouse. There was a point
early on in our marriage where we had to decide

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which career was going to be allowed to explode,
because we also wanted to have a family. Having
two go-getters just wasn't going to support that.
We have one kid now in college and one in high
school. My being so busy made that challenging,
but it gave them huge opportunities as well, such
as the chance to live outside the country.
Developing a career and caring for a family do
not have to be mutually exclusive. Given the right
mindset, you can do both. For me, the key was
to realize I didn't need to be a superhero and do
everything perfectly. I just needed to offer my best
every day and not be too hard on myself.
I also always take my vacation and never leave a
day unused. We make sure we do things that we
all like to do together, like hike, so that when I get
back to the office, I don't feel like I've given up one
aspect of my life.
I usually try to have another goal outside of my
career too. For example, I ran marathons for a
while. I would get up very early in the morning and
take long runs, always working towards a race.
Now I maintain balance and fitness by practicing
yoga. Some days, I make sure to mark my calendar
and get out of here on time so I can hit the yoga
studio and be part of that community. There's a
time management aspect to having a balanced life.
Don't expect someone to give you the time. You've
got to create it yourself.



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